Here we go again… It just gets worse every year. Stand-up America!! What holds a society together is its common values, traditions and history; something the secular progressives have been working on for years to refashion or steal from us.
“The Celebration of Christmas in America is not Just a Christian Holiday, but a Celebration of our National Past and Our Collective Wishes and Psyche as a Nation!” (See: God Rest Ye Merry Merchants) And so it is with Thanksgiving, Columbus Day and Halloween, the are part of collective memory, our past… even with the flaws. The truth has no agenda and the negatives make us stronger.
You won’t see little ghouls and goblins running around one Massachusetts elementary school this Halloween.
The Boston Herald reports that the principal has banned costumes.
The school superintendent says Halloween is quote “problematic” for some families due to its connections to witchcraft.
It’s not the only holiday on the chopping block.
The school’s principal is telling teachers to be careful about celebrating Thanksgiving in their class activities.
All of this comes on the heels of her attack on Columbus Day when she told teachers they could no longer quote: “ignore the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples.”
So, what do you think?
Does the principal have a valid point here or is she going overboard by pushing her own beliefs on teachers and students?
Anne Foley, principal at Kennedy Elementary School in Somerville, Massachusetts banned Thanksgiving and Halloween deeming them as insensitive.
News item October 15, 2011: Massachusetts elementary school principal Anne Foley banned Halloween, Thanksgiving and the Columbus Holiday celebrations because, according to her, they’re insensitive. Her action stirred up considerable outrage and came to US Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown’s attention. He tweeted that political correctness shouldn’t be taken to the extreme and added to allow the Somerville kids enjoy Halloween.
Principal Writes Negative Comments about Christopher Columbus Fall Holiday
According to www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/15/massachusetts-principal-bans-fall-holidays-says-theyre-insensitive/. Anne Foley claimed that when people were young, they might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the aboriginal peoples, which he did.
US history information about Columbus opening the door to Europeans invading the Americas, according to danielnpaul.com/ChristopherColumbus.html, confirms the fact that Columbus and his crew did terrible things against the aboriginals. Columbus was an Italian. Queen Isabella, who financed his expedition, was Spanish. Columbus is given the credit for discovering the Americas. He anchored his ship by a small island in the Caribbean sea populated by friendly pacifist native people, the Taino. Columbus and his crew pillaged their village. When he returned to Spain, he gave Queen Isabella his stolen booty.
When other European countries heard tales of fabulous wealth in the Americas, they went to the new lands and committed more atrocities.
Principal’s Reasons for Banning Thanksgiving
The Boston Herald reported that Anne Foley sent teachers an email warning them about celebrating Thanksgiving and why people shouldn’t observe it. She wrote that Thanksgiving should no longer be celebrated because many people and Kennedy School’s students celebrating “this particular person,” referring to Columbus, are an insult to the people he annihilated. “We need to be careful around the Thanksgiving Day time as well because of this.” Teachers have already been told not to let students dress up for Halloween.
Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US and Canada. People are taught about the First Thanksgiving which was celebrated by Pilgrims and Wampanoagans in 1621, but history seems to ignore the Native American Pequot Tribe’s 1637 Thanksgiving Travesty. US schoolchildren are taught about the first Thanksgiving when Pilgrims and the Wampanoagans, also “Wampanoags,” celebrated their first harvest by giving thanks and feasting. Samoset and Squanto taught the Pilgrims planting and other survival skills, so Pilgrim leader Captain Miles Standish invited them, Chief Massasoit and other Wampanoagans to the three day celebration.
When news spread in England about the New World, more Puritans and others immigrated. They considered the land to be a public domain because there were no fences. Colonists seized land, captured Amer-Indians for slaves and killed others. The Pequot Nation hadn’t agreed to the peace treaty Squanto negotiated and fought back in The Pequot War.
In 1637, over 700 Pequots gathered for their Green Corn Festival. In the predawn hours, they were surrounded by Dutch and English mercenaries who ordered them to come outside. Those who obeyed were killed, while women and children huddled inside the longhouse and were burned alive. The governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared this travesty “A Day of Thanksgiving.”
Colonists and their Amer-Indian allies committed more atrocities. George Washington suggested that one day of “thanksgiving” each year was to be commemorated, instead of celebrating every massacre. Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday.
No Reason Given by Principal for Banning Halloween Costumes
The only mention of Halloween is that Anne Foley banned wearing costumes. Halloween, also called Samhain, pronounced sow-en, is a Pagan holiday. Ancient Pagans Celebrated Hallowe’en, a Fire or Solar Festival as the third and final harvest and honoring the dead. They wore animal pelts to disguise themselves from evil spirits they believed walked on earth that night.
Was Salem’s witch hunts and mass hysteria in the 1600s a factor? According to Salem Witch Persecutions Cast, Who Was Who: Victims, 19 people were hanged, one pressed to death because he refused to be tried for witchcraft and four died in prison.
Principals’ Banning Fall Holidays Causes Outrage
Parents told MyFoxBoston they felt Anne Foley was overreacting. A woman said Foley had no right to ban Halloween. Another person said children need to express themselves. Don’t take holidays and fun away from them. A Somerville woman said she didn’t think children shouldn’t be able to celebrate fall holidays.
Superintendant Tony Pierantozzi told The Herald that Halloween is awkward because of its relationship to witchcraft, the first time the subject was mentioned.
Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, who has three children at Kennedy, stated that he’s the son of Italian immigrants so Columbus Day is “near and dear” to him. He added that he planned on being in costume at Somerville’s annual Halloween parade, which residents say is one of the largest in the greater Boston area.
A few Kennedy students said they disagreed with the ban. One said it wasn’t right to ban Halloween. Another stated that the bans were “kind of ridiculous” because people should be allowed to celebrate holidays how they want to. People shouldn’t dictate holiday celebrations.
Will Principal’s Banning Fall Holidays have Repercussions?
Anne Foley’s ban on celebrating holidays has become a popular news item. hot-news.US/national/Massachusetts Principal Bans Fall Holidays Says they’re Insensitive, categorized the bans in Education, which has a link to the FoxNews article/video. I’ve read people’s comments about Foley’s bans and have talked to others about them. I haven’t found anyone who supports her actions. I celebrate Columbus Day because he is given credit for discovering of the Americas that paved the way for my Pennsylvania Dutch, Czechoslovak and Welsh ancestors to find freedom in the New Country. Halloween is fun, I’m thankful for bountiful food and I think of generations past. Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for food shared with loved ones, family, friends and pets.
Only time will tell if there will be repercussions.
Our Country is being turned upside down. Our national traditions and values are being erased, our history is being re-written and our religion(s) is being demonized. WND sent out a notice today that Wicca is the fastest growing religion in America… now number 3 to Christianity and Islam.